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Journey to Bethlehem

Journey to Bethlehem

2024 Dates:  Friday & Saturday, December 13, 14 & 20, 21

Fridays 6:00-8:40 p.m.   Saturdays 5:00-8:40 p.m.

Registration will open in early November 2024

Using over 70+ Actors with Live Animals

Experience the true historical story of Christmas and relive the excitement of our Savior’s birth through this live nativity. In our spacious outdoor setting, with the help of dramatic actors and real animals, you will walk with Biblical characters along candlelit wooded trails as you Journey to Bethlehem. Along your way, you will interact with shepherds and merchants, and receive items to assist you as you travel on your way!


Scene 1: “Mary is Pregnant”

Mary and Joseph wrestle with the implications Mary’s pregnancy has for them, both as a couple and in their community.

Scene 2: “No Room in the Inn”

Experience the disappointment of finding no room in the Inn.

Scene 3: “The Marketplace” 

The people of God grapple with their need for a Messiah through song and dance.

Scene 4: “The Shepherd’s Field”

Join the shepherds around a warm crackling campfire watching their sheep by night when suddenly angels appear in the sky and proclaim the news of Jesus’ birth!

Scene 5: “The Stable”

Hurry along with the shepherds to the stable and experience the quiet wonder of finding Baby Jesus in the manger.

Scene 6: “Wise Men Still Seek Him”

Wise men wrestle with a decision: do they leave their comfortable palace to begin a long, dangerous trek through the desert, just for a chance to meet some far-off king?


Additional Details:


Volunteers Needed:

Over one hundred volunteers are needed to make the “Journey to Bethlehem” come alive. Please check your calendar and prayerfully consider volunteering. Perfect for individuals and/or families to share the true meaning of Christmas.

Commitments are needed for 2 or more nights. Preferably ages 15 and older.

Fridays: 5:00 – 10:30 PM
Saturdays: 4:00 – 10:30 PM

ACTORS: Enthusiastic persons to portray the Christmas story.
(Mary, Joseph, Angel, Innkeepers, Shepherds, Wisemen)

These vital roles require minimal or no speaking. Memorization of lines is not required in these roles.

Please call (717) 738-2233 or email matthew@woodcrestretreat.org.

Woodcrest Retreat

A Christian Summer Camp, Campground, & Retreat Ministry


225 Woodcrest Rd. Ephrata, PA 17522

(717) 738-2233


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